By the beginning of 2018 Google started working with a different format called Chrome Duplex; which has been evolving to what we know today as Chrome Duet for Android mobiles ; however, the tool menu for this was not very consistent with the grouped tabs.
So, for the latest version of Android mobiles, it was decided to change the format, dividing the toolbars of this browser in two different ways; at the top, locating the search bar and at the bottom the tabs that open, the share menu or to access the home.
Among the applications that Google presents for Android, it is the Chrome browser that usually receives the greatest number of news, also receiving hidden functions which the company calls flags ; In this way, Google Duet was formed, the hidden design that is located in Google Flags.
What are these hidden flagship menus of the Chrome browser?
These internal menus of Google Chrome work thanks to what it has inherited from Chromiun, and it is evident that the developers decided at that time to keep some addresses that when placed in the URL bar of the browser, they will be directed to these menus.
Among them we will mention some:
- Version ( chrome: // version / ): Menu where you can see the browser you are using and if it is necessary to install updates.
- Apps ( chrome: // apps / ): To observe the applications that have been installed in your browser.
- Urls ( chrome: // chrome-urls / ): Collect all the addresses of the menus that are available in the browser.
- GPU ( chrome: // gpu / ): It shows you the graphic resources that the browser has used.
- Flags ( chrome: // flags ): Stores the hidden and experimental functions of the browser.
The latter is the one that interests us, like the other menus, it can be entered from any version of Google Chrome and from any platform, just place any of these URLs: chrome: // flags or about: flags .
Once you have entered, a list of functions appears , which are divided into available and not available, each function is accompanied by another menu that is displayed allowing it to be enabled or not.
In addition to the explanation of how it works, the name of each function also appears as follows: # function-name, to identify and access each one more quickly; eg chrome: // flags / # activate-dark-theme
What are the flags that you can activate in the Chrome browser for Android?
We will name some of the options, since the list is very extensive. We have Gesture Navigation , Dark Mode, Horizontal Format in the tab menu, Chrome Duet Interface, Page Preview, Goodbye to page breaks, Avoid automatic redirects, Smoother Scroll , among others.
How to activate the new Chrome Duet secret design for Android mobiles?
The new design maintains the previous format. But changes are introduced such as that at the bottom it now has three icons and not five as before; Furthermore, the user can modify any of these three accesses.
Everything will depend on the way you want to use the browser , you can choose if you want to show the open tabs or if you prefer to share them on the right side or the home or new tab on the left side.
At the moment, Chrome Duet is available in the beta version of Chrome for Android phones. Then you must download and install Google Play / Chrome Beta, then familiarize yourself with the Google Chrome flags; now enter the “flags” menu of Google Beta.
Next, look for the option # enable-chrome-duet , then choose one of the three choices that appear; ie “Enabled Home-Search-TabSwitcher Variation”, “Enable Home-Search-Share Variation” or “Enable NewTab-Search-Share Variation”; once activated, the browser must be restarted and the Chrome Duet menu will be ready.
To conclude, it can be seen that the new interface allows the screen to be less cluttered. In addition to the ease of navigation; especially for those users who usually use their mobile with one hand; and they need a quick and convenient entry when looking for the functions.